LOGAN — A 43-year-old Richmond man suspected of shooting his step children with an airsoft gun may be facing more charges. Joshua G. Cox has been in jail since being arrested last week.
Cox appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning. He was charged with intentionally inflicting serious physical injury on a child, a second-degree felony; and child abuse, a class A misdemeanor.
Last month, deputies were called to investigate Cox after agents with the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) filed a report, alleging he had physically abused several children. The kids were both younger in age.
In the course of the investigation, deputies were told how Cox had allegedly been striking the children with his fist. At one time he had used an airsoft BB gun to shoot them with, leaving welts on their heads.
The children’s mother provided photographs to deputies, showing the boy with a welt on his chest and the girl with a welt on her forehead. She claimed the incident happened after the children had awaken Cox up.
During Monday’s court appearance, prosecutors told Judge Brian Cannell that they were in the process of filing additional charges against Cox. They include witness tampering and possibly other offenses.
Judge Cannell refused to lower Cox’s bail, which is currently set at $5,000 bond. He previously ordered the suspect to have no contact with the alleged victims and comply with DCFS, if he was able to post bail.
Court records show Cox was previously convicted of drug possession and child endangerment. He is scheduled to appear again in court March 8 and could face up to 15 years in prison.